According to a Pew Research Center study, caregivers rely heavily on the Internet and technology for information and support. Their research shows approximately 70% of caregivers go online to gather information, and more than half of caregivers participate in an online social activity that is health-related. And, just under 50% of caregivers go online to learn a diagnosis.

Caregivers are also embracing other forms of technology to care for their loved ones. Here are some of those that AARP recommends to family caregivers:

GPS technology

GPS trackers can be attached to a senior’s clothing or be worn on the wrist to pinpoint the senior’s precise location. Some devices can even alert a family caregiver via phone, text, or email when their loved one goes outside of a specific geographical area, such as a yard or neighborhood.

Health tracking tools

There are numerous online tools available to track doctor’s appointments, health records, insurance information, and much more. They provide a single location for caregivers to organize and store health information and prepare for emergencies.

Medication reminders

Technology is being used to set reminders for seniors to take medications or alert a caregiver when a loved one has forgotten to take a prescription.

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Most people think of the words, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up,” when they research PERS